Microneedling has become one of the most exciting therapies available today to treat skin conditions. Because it’s capable of stimulating your body’s innate immune response to repair the skin, it’s an all-natural approach to correcting many stubborn issues that aren’t responding to conventional treatments. Here at Reno Sparks Med Spa in Reno, NV, we provide this therapy with experienced care, and while each treatment session is typically very quick, the results normally last quite a long time.
How Long Do Microneedling Results Last?
This treatment’s effects can last anywhere between a few months to many years, and it’s not uncommon for it to completely correct some issues to where they never return again. This can all depend on your age, your overall health, and the type of condition we’ll be treating.
Acne scars and other types of scars, for example, will normally retain their improvements after treatment, while age-related issues like wrinkles, lines, and loose skin normally return without regular maintenance treatments.
How Often Can I Return for More Treatments?
How often you return for additional treatments also depends on different factors, and many patients only need one or two touch-up treatments throughout the year, while others prefer to keep their skin stimulated by scheduling monthly treatment sessions It’s recommended that you space your sessions out by at least one to two months, as this allows the skin enough time to start producing higher levels of collagen each time.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also called micro dermal needling, is an innovative therapy that involves the use of tiny needles puncturing the skin to produce beneficial effects. This promotes the removal of dead skin cells, which are replaced by new skin cells, as well as an increase in the production of two crucial proteins for skin health: elastin and collagen. It also allows topical nutrients and vitamins, such as vitamin C, to permeate the skin.
Together, all of these effects make microneedling an extremely effective way of treating many long-standing skin conditions. By poking tiny microscopic holes in the skin, the treated areas become stimulated, which leads to the growth of new skin cells and higher levels of circulating collagen.
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
Before starting your treatment, there’s a brief consultation, which allows us to discuss your skincare goals, medical history, and expectations. This is also a good time for you to ask us any questions you might have, and we’ll also want to examine your skin so we can let you know how effective this treatment is likely to be for you.
The device we’ll use for your treatment, a CosmoPen, has tiny microneedles attached to it, which can be adjusted in length to match your needs. These needles will lightly puncture your skin, and it’s normally a painless process because we’ll apply a cream beforehand to numb the treated areas.
The process typically takes anywhere from 10 minutes to a few hours, depending on how large of an area we’ll be treating, though most sessions are around 30 minutes, and we’ll give you an idea of how long it will take after assessing your skin during your consultation.
After we finish your treatment, you can go home and go about your day as you normally would. You will have some minor redness and discomfort for a few days, and you can use an ice pack to help reduce any minor swelling that might be present.
The healing process itself takes about five days, and it’s important that you don’t take any anti-inflammatories or other medications during this time, as you’ll get the most optimal results by allowing your skin to naturally heal.
How Quickly Does It Start Working?
Most patients will begin to notice positive changes anywhere between three to six months after their treatment session. However, multiple treatments are often needed to get the best results from this therapy, and these sessions are usually scheduled with at least one month in between sessions to allow the skin to naturally repair itself.
Once you achieve optimal results, you may need to return at least once a year for regular maintenance treatments, especially when it comes to conditions that are affected by the aging process and the loss of collagen that comes with it.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
This therapy offers the following benefits:
Softens the Skin
Because microneedling involves puncturing the skin, small wounds are made, which initiate an immune response. As your body begins to heal the small wounds, collagen is increased and otherwise rough skin can become softer as a result.
In the same way that this therapy improves skin texture, it can also reduce noticeable scars. Scarring is normally caused by fibrosis, which is a thickening of the skin, though this therapy can not only soften the skin where this has occurred, but in some cases, it can completely reverse fibrosis and eliminate scars completely.
Fine lines can develop with age due to the gradual decrease in collagen loss that happens to just about everyone over the years. Because this therapy reinvigorates the skin and stimulates collagen, it can minimize the appearance of lines, and these improvements can normally be maintained with regular treatments.
Similar to its effects on fine lines, this therapy can also smooth wrinkles by increasing collagen production. When the skin is replenished with collagen, it can become tighter and smoother, which has a direct effect on wrinkles.
Shrinks Large Pores
Enlarged pores can make the skin look rougher and can affect overall skin health by allowing debris to more easily get stuck within the skin’s glands. Enlarged pores can be caused by many different factors, two of which are high sebum production and a loss of elasticity around the edges of the pores. This therapy can bring enlarged pores back to their normal size by both reducing sebum and improving elasticity.
Discolored skin as a result of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone can occur for many reasons, and these can be particularly difficult issues to reverse. Luckily, microneedling is one of the most effective therapies for correcting skin discolorations because the skin can become brighter and more consistent in tone when dead skin cells are replaced with new ones by the immune system.
Tightens the Skin
This therapy can also tighten the skin by restoring its elasticity. By encouraging both collagen and elastin production, sagging skin can regain much of its original texture and become firm again. Sagging skin is normally a byproduct of the aging process, so patients who are older typically need regular touch-up treatments to keep the skin tightened.
Although acne can be caused by many different things, enlarged pores are one of the main reasons why it occurs. When pores are larger, they’re more prone to collecting oil, which can lead to breakouts. As previously mentioned, this treatment can shrink the pores, so it can also prevent acne from forming.
Decreases Stretch Marks
Stretch marks, as their name implies, are a result of the skin stretching over time. Genetics, cortisol, and other factors can all contribute to this condition, though microneedling has proven to be very effective at treating this condition. It’s not only capable of tightening the skin in areas where stretch marks have occurred, but it can also encourage the repair of damaged skin fibers.
The boost in self-confidence that many of our patients get when they begin to see results is a benefit in itself, as it can have many different positive effects on a person’s life. In addition to simply feeling better about your appearance, others respond to confident individuals differently, which can improve both your social and work life.
Is This Treatment Right for Me?
If you’re an adult who has a skin condition that hasn’t responded to conventional treatments, you may be the perfect candidate for this therapy. However, those with some conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and active acne or skin infections, shouldn’t have this treatment.
This is also true for those who have keloid scars, as needles can aggravate this type of condition. Those with blood disorders or who are currently taking blood-thinning medications should also avoid this therapy, as well as anyone who has cancer or is currently being treated with chemotherapy.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Long-lasting, safe, and all-natural, microneedling has proven to be an effective skincare approach and is capable of both treating and preventing many different skin conditions. To schedule an appointment with us, contact us today at Reno Sparks Med Spa in Reno, NV, so we can carry out a consultation to see if this is the right treatment for you.